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UN Women response to naming of a community centre in Burqa village in the occupied West Bank

26 May 2017

UN Women supported the rehabilitation of a community building in Burqa last year but has had no role in the naming or any other activity related to the Centre since the completion of the project was at the end of 2016 More

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

22 May 2017

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same. More

From where I stand: “It was my dream to wear the uniform”

25 April 2017

Lieutenant Colonel Wafa Sharqawi was among the first women to join the Palestinian Civil Police in 1997, going against all norms. The only family member who supported her decision at the time was her brother, who followed in her footsteps and became a police officer later. Today, Colonel Sharqawi liaises with UN Women and other international agencies on security sector reform and gender-responsive police services. Gender equality is becoming a priority within the Palestinian police force, and public perceptions about women in police are shifting. More

“It Takes a Woman” to build peace in Syria

13 April 2017

UN Women launches audiovisual campaign at the Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the Region More

Arab men figures join #HeForShe campaign to advocate for gender equality

06 April 2017

Men figures from all over the Arab world, as partners in journey, responsibility, and life are gathered in a video campaign by UN Women, Regional Office for Arab States, in partnership with HeForShe to engage men as agents of change to achieve women empowerment and gender equality. More

From where I stand: “With every thread I wove…I was weaving away my sorrows”

28 March 2017

At 47, Emm Ali has experienced immense loss. A Syrian refugee living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan since 2013, she found a sense of purpose as she joined UN Women’s cash-for-work programme and started weaving carpets. The cash-for-work programme is the largest employer of women refugees in the camp. More

UN Secretary-General visits UN Women centre in Za’atari refugee camp, his first stop on his visit to Jordan

28 March 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan on Tuesday morning, 28 March 2017. Coming ahead of his participation at the Arab Summit (Dead Sea, 23-29 March 2017), this is the first official visit of Mr. Guterres to Jordan and the region in his capacity as UN Secretary-General. More

UN Women kicks of International Women’s Day with appeal for ending GBV in Lebanon

08 March 2017

Despite significant advances in programming and policy, gender-based violence remains pervasive in Lebanon. An estimated one in three women experiences physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Thus, UN Women is putting the GBV at the center of its efforts in connection with the International Women’s Day, at a critical time when the humanitarian situation and fragile contexts are mushrooming across the region with grave impact on women and girls.  Under the... More

The UN system in the Arab/MENA Region kicks off International Women’s Day with an eye on Planet 50-50 by 2030

07 March 2017

Cairo, 07 March 2017- Despite progress in advancing gender equality globally, women in the Arab region remain underrepresented across all spheres of life, including in the workforce. More

Cairo – Finding Women at Work Should Not be this Hard

23 February 2017

In  preparation  for  International  Women’s  Day,  UN  Women  Egypt  launches  new  print campaign titled “Finding Her” under the umbrella of UN Women’s global campaign “Planet 50-50 by 2030-Step it Up for Gender Equality” which calls upon governments to make national commitments to address the challenges that are holding women and girls back from reaching their full potential. Highlighting women’s... More

Condolences on the death of Ms. Ameera BinKaram

24 October 2016

UN Women mourns the tragic loss of Ms. Ameera BinKaram, together with her mother and sister, in an accidental fire at her home Saturday, 22 October. As Deputy Chairperson of the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment; Chairperson of the Sharjah Women´s Business council; and a founding member and President of Friends of Cancer Patients society, United Arab Emirates, she was a leading light in the region. Ms. BinKaram was a passionate advocate for the realization of women’s... More

Responding to the needs of Women and Girls Subject to Violence: a comprehensive package

20 October 2016

Together with UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, UN Women is launching the “Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence” on Thursday, October 19 in the United Arab Emirates. The package has been developed as part of a four-year joint global programme between UNFPA and UN Women, in partnership with WHO, UNDP and UNODC with the goal of providing female survivors of violence better access to a coordinated set of essential and quality services that... More

New commitments to gender equality in the Arab Region

20 October 2016

Opening session of #iifmena 2016. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig In a new milestone for the women of the Arab Region, “Investing in the Future- Building the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region” conference closed with the adoption of the “Sharjah Declaration for the Rights and Empowerment of Women and Girls” - a comprehensive statement of commitments to achieve gender equality. The two-day conference brought together government officials and... More

UN Women and Islamic Relief Worldwide launch a partnership

19 October 2016

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Naser Haghamed, Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) launching a joint Memorandum of understanding. Photo: UN Women/Chris Herwig.  UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), Naser Haghamed, officially launched a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the United Arab Emirates on 19 October to strengthen joint work on gender equality and... More

The League of Arab States and UN Women conclude the first ministerial conference on “Women and Achieving Peace and Security in the Arab Region”

09 October 2016

The opening of the first ministerial conference on “Women and Achieving Peace and Security”. Photo: UN Women/ Yara Saed. The League of Arab States and UN Women concluded the first ministerial conference on “Women and Achieving Peace and Security in the Arab Region” on Monday, 5 September. The two-day conference was organized to facilitate the implementation of the regional strategy and plan for UN Security Council resolution 1325, which first recognized... More

The Big Heart Foundation and UN Women Collaborate to Strengthen the Role of Women across the World

09 October 2016

A Syrian woman refugee with her children in one of UN Women's centres in Zaatari refugee camp. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig The Big Heart Foundation in collaboration with UN Women, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women will organize the second edition of ‘Investing in the Future’ (IIFMENA) Conference exemplifying the approach embraced by the UAE and its exemplary leadership to enhance cooperation with international organisations to... More

United Arab Emirates and UN Women sign new agreement to open Liaison Office in Abu Dhabi

21 July 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri and UAE Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs Abdulrahim Yousif Al Awadi shake hands at the signing of an agreement to open a new UN Women Liaison Office in Abu Dhabi. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown In an agreement signed today, the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) committed to the opening of the new UN Women Liaison Office for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Abu Dhabi. As a founding member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, UAE... More

Balqees Fathi named UN Women Planet 50-50 champion for the Arab States Region

13 July 2016

Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees Fathi during a visit to UN Women Regional Office for Arab States. Photo: UN Women/ Karam Gamal El Din UN Women announced the appointment of award-winning, Emirati-Yemeni singer, Balqees Fathi as the first Planet 50-50 champion for the Arab States Region. Focusing on young women and girls, Ms. Fathi will be working closely with UN Women to push for young women entrepreneurship in the region and to advocate for the rights of women survivors of violence with a... More

UN Women statement on World Refugee Day

20 June 2016

Today, on World Refugee Day, we recognize those who have been uprooted from their homes at an unprecedented scale, leaving some 60 million people displaced worldwide. In our response to this crisis, it is critical that we address the unique needs of women and girl refugees, and provide them with durable opportunities for empowerment. With such levels of urgent need, normal protection structures often disappear, leaving the human rights of women and girls particularly at risk. They are often... More

UN Women statement for the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June)

19 June 2016

This year, we have celebrated three historic firsts for combatting sexual violence in conflict .  All of these were long overdue and all had one thing in common: the unstoppable force of women’s voice and leadership. In February, a national court in Guatemala  convicted two former military officers  of committing sexual violence during the country’s civil war—the first time that a national court anywhere in the world considered charges of sexual slavery... More

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